What you need to know:

*Georgia State fell 3-1 to Louisiana despite career nights from Lauren Bandera and Paige Etherington.

*Crystal Lee recorded her sixth double-double on the season.

*GSU is back home next weekend hosting Arkansas State and Little Rock.


Lafayette, La.- Georgia State fell to Louisiana 3-1 (25-13, 23-25, 26-24, 25-15) in Lafayette Saturday night despite career highs in assists from Paige Etherington and digs from Lauren Bandera. The loss drops the Panthers to 2-8 in Sun Belt play.

Etherington dished out a career high 18 assists over just three sets of work. The sophomore added two kills and two digs in the effort. Bandera set a new mark with 27 digs, and would dish out three assists in four sets of work.

In the opening frame, Lee and Morgan Hash both put down three kills, and Sarah Renner dished out 10 assists to six different Panthers. Lee added four digs, and Lauren Bandera dug three balls, but it was not enough as Louisiana cruised to a 25-13 win.

GSU would storm back in the second set behind three kills and two blocks from Meisheia Griffin. Lee and Hash would add three more kills apiece, while Paige Etherington dished out nine assists in a 25-23 win.

The teams would trade leads throughout the third frame, tying at 18, 22, 23, and 24. Bandera dug out eight Ragin’ Cajun attempts in the set, but it was not enough as Louisiana scored the last three points en route to a 26-24 win. The Panthers would trail the entire fourth as Louisiana clinched the match with a 25-15 win.

Crystal Lee led the Panthers with 11 kills, and provided solid defense with 14 digs. It was the senior’s second straight double-double and her sixth on the season.

In addition to Etherington’s 18 assists, Carley Eiken (11) and Sarah Renner (10) both hit the double-digit mark. It was the first time this season that all three of GSU’s setters dished out at least 10 assists.

Next week the Panthers return home for a special pair of matches against Arkansas State and Little Rock. GSU will take on the Red Wolves on Alumni Night Friday, honoring all those who have previously worn the blue and white. Saturday, Georgia State will celebrate the five seniors on the roster before taking on the Trojans.


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